CCTV clue in ‘despicable’ burglary

One of three men who targetted an elderly woman in her own home, stealing jewellery and cash.

One of three men who targetted an elderly woman in her own home, stealing jewellery and cash.

THIS is one of the suspects being hunted by police after an elderly woman was robbed of thousands of pounds.

Police have branded the three thieves, who targeted the 85-year-old in her own home, as “despicable”.

They persuaded the vulnerable pensioner to let them into her house, on Poplar Avenue, Kirkham, after posing as workmen, before stealing around £2,000 in cash and jewellery, also valued at around £2,000.

It was initially thought just two men were involved in the burglary, but officers now believe a third man went upstairs in the property while his accomplices distracted the woman downstairs.

Det Con Ian Massey, from Blackpool Police, said: “It is a despicable thing to target an elderly woman in her own home.

“However, this is often a ploy used by distraction burglars to gain access to people’s homes.”

Police have now released a CCTV image of one man they want to speak to in connection with last Thursday’s burglary, in the hope they can catch the gang before they strike again.

Two of the men knocked on the woman’s door claiming they were doing building work nearby and there had been a problem with the water.

The pensioner let them into the house and ran some water so they could test it.

But it is not thought any water works were taking place in the immediate area and the men did not show the woman any identification.

The thieves are said to have been in their late 30s. The first man is described as having short, dark hair, he is clean shaven and around 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall, and of stocky build.

He was wearing an olive green anorak and jeans.

The second man was dressed the same but had a scarf wrapped around his face and was slightly shorter.

There is no description of the third man involved, but one of the men was heard talking with an Irish accent.

A flat bed truck was also seen near the property at the time.

Police are now warning pensioners in the area to be vigilant

Det Con Massey added: “We would ask people to be very careful when someone calls unexpectedly at their door, never let anyone in without having seen some identification and checking it out.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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